*Please note: The dates for CLPP's Summer Leadership Institute are now June 20-23, 2011. It was recently brought to our attention that the Institute overlapped with the Allied Media Conference and we wanted to make sure people who wanted to could go to both.
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The 2011 Summer Leadership Application is now available here: SLI Application 2011
This weekend was my first time experiencing the amazing and inspiring Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) conference at Hampshire College…and just in time for its THIRTIETH anniversary (commemorated by three large dance break-outs/parties in just two days). I’ve honestly been exposed to so much that my head is still spinning, and I will send out recaps from the workshops as I process all of the information over the next week.
This workshop at the 30th CLPP Civil Liberties and Public Policy) "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice" challenged my liberal viewpoints and my "ablist" beliefs which are so deeply held I didn't even realize I how "ablist" I am or hopefully have been in the past.
After meeting a group of women from Condega, Nicaragua who spoke at the CLPP
conference last year, I was moved to join the struggle for reproductive freedom. After a few emails and research, I left for Condega. I spent a month in Condega working with Amanda and Helen (the women I heard speak) around issues of reproductive rights, violence and empowerment for young women. They run their program out of a small technical school for young women.
I learned facilitation as well as a new perspective on reproductive rights from a global viewpoint. I was able to take away the importance of fighting for reproductive freedom for all women as well as ideas that are transferrable to other places that need these same rights.
Looking through the CLPP/PopDev archives has given me a much stronger sense of what CLPP/PopDev have meant and the impact that the people who have contributed over the past 30 years in such a wide variety of ways have made.
In the upcoming weeks, we will be posting more CLPP/PopDev archival materials and connecting the main threads to current experiences. As we are looking back on our collective history and exploring how that effects our present, I encourage us, as Cara Page, a CLPP alum said, to ask ourselves what we desire and to speak (or write or dance or paint or draw or knit [insert your preferred mode of expression here]) truth to power. What does reproductive freedom and liberation mean to you?